Glass returns to Houston’s curbside recycling program

April 4, 2019

Houston residents can resume putting glass in their curbside recycling bins, city officials said Thursday at the opening of a recycling facility in northeast Houston.

For the last three years, the city has accepted only paper, cardboard, plastics and metal cans in the green bins used for its curbside recycling program, a move intended to lower processing costs under an agreement with its longtime recycling provider, Waste Management.

The new plant, which officials say is outfitted with advanced technology that includes a glass cleanup system, is operated by FCC Environmental Services. Houston awarded the firm a 20-year, $37 million deal for curbside recycling that began in 2019.

The facility’s opening comes about 15 months after City Council approved the contract, which went through an arduous procurement process beset with several delays. Mayor Sylvester Turner called the plant’s opening “monumental” at a Thursday ribbon-cutting ceremony, acknowledging the city’s long path to get there.

“It did not happen easily, it did not happen overnight, it did not happen without challenges,” Turner said